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Montell breaks UK 100m Record at LEAP

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Montell Douglas
Record breaker: Montell Douglas

 

17 July 2008

 

 

Montell Douglas (Blackheath & Bromley) has broken the longstanding UK record for 100m at the Loughborough European Athletics Permit (LEAP) meeting this afternoon.

 

Douglas, clocked 11.05 with a legal wind mark of +2.0m/s to beat Kathy Cook's 11.10 mark which has stood since 1981.

 

Montell, 22 has just finished her degree at Brunel University. She recently moved her training base from Brunel HiPAC to Lee Valley High Performance Centre. 

 

She said afterwards:

 

“For me, this was my Olympic trials. It was now or never. I had to prove myself.

 

“This has given me a massive amount of confidence. It feels surreal. I can’t even comprehend it. My coach Ayo (Falola) has been brilliant this year. We have worked so hard and it was time to step it up and produce and we have done that.

“After the heat, he said I just have to do the same again for the final and I did. My mum said to me this week ‘Fly like a bird’ and my physio said to me ‘run like the wind’.

"Those two sayings have been going round my head all day and I managed to do them."


Montell will be racing in the 100m at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on Saturday 26 July, up against all the leading American sprinters including Allyson Felix, plus World Champion Veronica Campbell. The line up will include Jeanette Kwayke who has already booked her individual 100m place in TeamGB for Beijing plus Emma Ania.

 

Laura Turner (Harrow AC) dipped under the Olympic A standard, finishing second behind Douglas, clocking 11.27 seconds in the 100m final.

 

Sprint hurdlers Allan Scott (Shaftesbury Barnet) and Sarah Claxton (Woodford Green and Essex Ladies) both joined the rush for Olympic A Qualifiers ahead of the final selection meeting this weekend.

 

Allan Scott clocked 13.53 seconds in the heats of the 110m hurdles, with a wind speed of +0.9m/s. Sarah Claxton came agonisingly close to the British Record in the 100m hurdles, recording 12.81 seconds (+1.5m/s), well under the qualifying time of 12.96 seconds set for Beijing. The British record of 12.80 seconds is held by Angie Thorpe.

 

In the field, Zoe Derham (Birchfield Harriers) threw a timely PB of 68.63m to win the hammer, well inside the B standard and close to the A standard of 69.50m.